Cloud Data Security Best Practices

What are the 5 practices in cloud infrastructure to secure data?


The market for public cloud services worldwide is projected to expand by roughly 20.4 percent in 2022, reaching about 495 billion dollars. This has been possible due to the various benefits of the cloud, such as agile deployment, security and storage management, and low total cost of ownership utility-based sharing models in high-level computing.



However, threats and vulnerabilities involved in migrating to the cloud are ever-evolving, limiting the growth of the market. Security is identified as the one that poses the greatest risk among them because of the risk of data breaches and unauthorized usage by other parties.

Organizations must implement a thorough cybersecurity plan that tackles cloud-specific data vulnerabilities if they want to guarantee the security of their data.

Fortunately, there is a lot that you can do to protect your own data in the cloud.

Let’s explore some of the popular methods.

1. Leverage advanced encryption capabilities


One of the best ways to protect data is to encrypt it. Cloud encryption means before data enters the cloud, cloud encryption converts it from plain text into an unreadable format.

Data encryption is by default enabled in cloud platforms using platform-managed encryption keys and should be encrypted both in transit and at rest.

When data is moved between one storage location and another within the cloud, it has a higher risk of being intercepted. To protect the security of data-in-transit, connections to cloud storage services should be made using encrypted HTTPS/TLS connections.

Also, end-to-end encryption is the best cloud security solution for critical data, since it ensures that no part of your communication is accessible to third parties without your encryption key.

When outsourcing your cloud service, make sure that the cloud provider is able to encrypt your data as part of the service.

And provide consultation on which data are recommended to be encrypted and which should not, since it is not necessary to use the cloud, end-to-end encryption, to store non-sensitive data, while for financial, confidential, or commercially sensitive information, it is vital.


2. Prevent misconfiguration


Configuration is another important practice in cloud security. Basic flaws like incorrect configuration can lead to a lot of cloud data breaches. By preventing them, you can greatly decrease the risk to your cloud security. If you don’t feel confident doing this alone, you may want to choose a cloud provider who can consult and provide this service.

  • If the cloud provider provides security controls that can be enabled, do so. This will avoid the risk of not selecting the right security options.
  • Never leave a cloud storage space (bucket) open. Hackers might be able to view the content of an open bucket by just visiting the storage bucket's URL.
  • Do not stick with the default settings. A hacker gains front-door access by using the default settings. Avoid doing this to make it more difficult for hackers to access your machine.


3. Ensure security posture and governance


Having the right security policy and governance in place that enforces cloud security standards while adhering to industry and governmental requirements throughout the entire infrastructure is another essential component of data security. To eliminate blind spots and guarantee compliance across clouds, applications, and workloads, it is imperative to use a cloud security posture management (CSPM) system that identifies and eliminates misconfigurations and controls threats.


4. Strengthen identity and access management (IAM)


Identity and access management (IAM) lets administrators authorize who can act on specific resources, giving you full control and visibility to manage cloud resources centrally. 

With an IAM solution, IT teams no longer need to manually assign access controls, monitor and update privileges.

For instance, single sign-on (SSO) functions are used by airlines, which allows users to access numerous applications and websites using only one set of login credentials to authenticate their identity.


Tip) The general rule for IAM controls is to grant necessary user access to only the data and cloud resources they require to complete their tasks.

5. Standard cyber security precautions


Any cloud installation should also include fundamental cybersecurity guidelines. Standard cybersecurity precautions shouldn't be disregarded, even if you use the cloud. So, it is worth considering the following if you want to be as secure as possible online:


  • Use strong passwords. A combination of letters, numbers will make the password more secure. Try to avoid obvious choices, like using birthday dates or surnames. The more random the combination is, the better.
  • Use a password manager. You won't have to keep track of all the passwords you assign to the many services, databases, and applications you use. Just make sure the primary password for the password manager is secure.
  • Prevent unauthorized access to any of the computers, cellphones, or tablets that are used to access the cloud storage. If data is synced across many different devices, any one of them can be a weak point, endangering the integrity of the entire digital footprint.
  • Use antivirus and anti-malware software to safeguard yourself. If malware gains access to your system, hackers can quickly access your account.
  • Refrain from using public Wi-Fi to access your data, especially if it doesn't use robust authentication. However, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect your gateway to the cloud.

CiRROX- Airline’s choice for Cloud Service

CiRROX offers flexible solutions that effectively integrating flight operations and other data into the cloud with independent and secure data centers located around Europe.

By having all of your applications in one platform with CiRROX, you can deal with multiple applications more quickly.

CiRROX distinguishes itself from other cloud platforms by having 10 years of operational aviation experience, which allows them to offer greater agility when atomizing data and integrating aviation solutions.

This is especially lucrative for small to medium airlines, since they will be able to acquire the operational tools and capacities of a major airline to manage all aspects of flight planning, scheduling, documentation, safety and reporting.

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